True Blood star Nelsan Ellis has passed away at the age of 39

True Blood star Nelsan Ellis has died at the age of 39.

Last night, it was confirmed that the actor passed away due to complications from heart failure.

After his co-star in The Help, Octavia Spencer, announced the news, HBO released a statement: “We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis.

“Nelsan was a long-time member of the HBO family whose groundbreaking portrayal of Lafayette will be remembered fondly within the overall legacy of True Blood.

Nelsan will be dearly missed by his fans and all of us at HBO.”

His co-stars, friends and follow actors all paid their respects on Twitter and Instagram:

He will be missed.